WTCS recertification elections overwhelmingly successful

Seventeen of this year’s 19 recertification elections in Wisconsin Technical College System locals were successful, according to results from the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC). Even in the two locals where the vote came up short, 50% of the unit members voted yes but the vote fell just short of the 52% required.

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Agreement ends West Virginia strike, gives teachers 5% raise

“They have stood in solidarity and made their voices heard to demand recognition of their professionalism and dignity because they know attracting and retaining the most caring and competent educators for West Virginia students is essential to their state’s success,” said NEA President Lily Eskelsen García.

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Family’s experiences in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin illustrate impact of political climate on education, unions

In an Education Minnesota article, Sparta, Wisconsin, teacher Lauren Cody says her mother’s involvement in the union as a Minnesota Education Support Professional has instilled in her a deep appreciation of the importance of the union for educators and students. The article emphasizes the negative impact of Act 10 on educators and education in Wisconsin and also the impact of similar legislation in Iowa, where Lauren’s brother, Kalyn, teaches. Mother Deb Cody says the experiences of her children in Wisconsin and Iowa illustrate how critical it is that educators in Minnesota work to maintain their much friendlier environment for unions and public education.

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Wisconsin Supreme Court bars access to public records created during union recertification elections

The decision blocks unions’ access to a public record of the employees who have voted as of the mid-point of the 20-day election period. Madison Teachers Inc., which filed the lawsuit, was not seeking a record of “how” employees voted (that is rightfully kept confidential), but only a list of voters who had cast a ballot. MTI said the ruling will have far-reaching consequences for the Open Records law and is a blow to transparency and open government.

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Teachers say they are overwhelmed by constant policy changes

Nearly all respondents to an Education Week survey — 86 percent — said they had experienced new changes or reforms in the past two school years, and 58 percent said the changes are “way too much” or “too much.” The teachers surveyed were most likely to say they’d had changes to their teacher-evaluation systems. Other common areas for reform were curriculum, professional development, and state testing.

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